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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings will face-off in an outdoor regular-season game at BMO Field in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in the first-ever NHL Centennial Classic™, the NHL® has announced.

In 2017, the NHL will conduct a year-long Centennial celebration that will feature a variety of ceremonies, recognitions, observances and special events that will highlight 100 years of NHL hockey and also will recognise a number of milestone anniversaries for member Clubs, including the Maple Leafs.

The game will be a rematch of the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®. On New Year’s Day 2014, a record crowd of 105,491 watched the Red Wings and Maple Leafs rekindle their Original Six™ rivalry at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Snow fell throughout the day, providing the perfect backdrop for a thrilling game, which the Maple Leafs won, 3-2, in a shootout.

NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, said:

This meeting of the Red Wings and Maple Leafs offers an ideal launch for a fantastic 2017 — the year in which the National Hockey League will celebrate its Centennial, Toronto will commemorate 100 years of NHL play and Canada will observe the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Since the Red Wings and Maple Leafs made NHL outdoor history by drawing more than 105,000 people to ‘The Big House’ in 2014, this unique rematch provides a perfect beginning to an historic year for our League, our Clubs and our fans.

Additional details surrounding the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic™ – including broadcast and ticketing information and other events surrounding the game – will be announced in the coming months.

Maple Leafs President and Alternate Governor, Brendan Shanahan, said:

The Toronto Maple Leafs are thrilled to host the 2017 NHL Centennial Classic and what will be a signature moment in our club’s 100th anniversary celebrations next season to share with all Leafs fans. BMO Field has been undergoing an impressive two-year long transformation and will make a wonderful site for this historic matchup with the Red Wings. We look forward to working with the NHL to help create what will be an important and memorable occasion for the game of hockey.

Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager, Ken Holland, said:

It’s an honour to participate in the first NHL Centennial Classic and celebrate the rich and storied history of both the rivalry between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs and the history of our great league. The opportunity to play outdoors against the Maple Leafs in Toronto on New Year’s Day will certainly be a memorable experience for our entire organization and our fans.

The NHL Centennial Classic™ continues the tradition the League has established of hosting a regular-season outdoor game at the onset of the new year to celebrate the origin and history of hockey. These organisations first played each other on Jan. 4, 1927, when the Toronto St. Patricks defeated the Detroit Cougars, 2-1, in a game near Detroit. Including the two games played already this season, in the 655 all-time regular-season games against each other, Detroit has captured 662 points against Toronto, holding a six-point advantage over Toronto’s 656. Additionally, the 117 playoff games between the franchises remains the second most in NHL® history (170, Boston vs. Montreal).

The current versions of the Maple Leafs and Red Wings feature some of the top talent in the NHL. Earlier this month, the Maple Leafs had two players and the Red Wings had seven players named to rosters for the World Cup of Hockey 2016. The Maple Leafs are led by 2016 NHL All-Star Leo Komarov, Nazem Kadri, and Morgan Rielly. The Red Wings roster includes star talent like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader, as well as 2016 NHL All-Star Dylan Larkin.

NHL Network™ and will provide extensive coverage leading up to and after the game. NHL Social™ will have coverage on all social platforms, including the use of the hashtag #CentennialClassic.

About BMO Field’s redevelopment

San Francisco-headquartered architecture and planning giant, Gensler Sports, is behind the design to expand Canada’s first soccer-specific stadium and home of Toronto FC, BMO Field.

The club and Gensler are increasing capacity at the venue from 21,000 to 30,000 permanent seats, with additional temporary seating for special events to accommodate up to 40,000.

Improvements include additional general admission seating decks, suites and club areas, as well as interior alterations to locker rooms, a new Tunnel Club, an expanded Rogers Club and a new video board.

Construction is currently underway on a new Premier League-style roof canopy and modifications accommodating Canadian Football League play. BMO Field will become the new home to the Toronto Argonauts and will host the CFL’s Grey Cup in 2016.


Image: Rendering of the upgraded BMO Field, image courtesy of MLSE.

Using the terms “hockey arena” and “exceptional audio” in the same sentence will likely elicit a storm of protests from system designers and audio engineers who have long had to stretch the boundaries of basic physics to combat the lengthy reverb times built into sporting arenas as an intentional tool – not a flaw – to help “pump up crowds”. However, thanks to Solotech’s recent installation of L-Acoustics Kara and ARCS Wide loudspeakers at the new Complexe JC Perreault in Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Quebec, the Montreal-based audio provider has proved that high-energy sports and high-quality sound can, indeed, both thrive in the same facility.

Although Complexe JC Perreault is every bit a hockey arena, boasting two separate NHL-sized rinks, the multipurpose facility was designed from the start more like a theatre than a sporting venue.

Solotech’s Pierre-Paul Gignac, said:

The room was acoustically treated to obtain an RT60 of about 2.6 seconds, which greatly contributed to increased intelligibility.

Gignac also added that it is not at all unusual for sports arenas to have a reverb time of more than double that figure.

Seeing that shows and sports have dramatically different requirements when it comes to audio, Solotech designed and installed two separate sound systems — a fixed playback and PA setup comprised of four coaxial 12XTi enclosures covering the ice plus six hangs of two ARCS Wide addressing the bleachers, and a second main system that is lowered from the ceiling for shows. Designed to deliver full-range sonic reinforcement for a packed house of 3,000 people for concerts and other productions, this second system features two arrays of five Kara enclosures for mains, two hangs of two ARCS Wide for out fill, two more ARCS Wide for front fill and four SB28 subwoofers, all powered by six LA8 amplified controllers plus one LA4X.

In “show mode,” the venue hosts everything from fashion shows to concerts to poker tournaments, so the audio system had to hit a number of points. It had to sound good, look good, reconfigure easily, and — given that the facility is also home to the non-profit it is named for, which has a mission of minimising the dropout rate among area high-school students — had to be budget-friendly.

Gignac said:

It is important to note that L-Acoustics is one of the preferred brands used regularly by Solotech, both on tours and permanent installations. L-Acoustics products have proven to be reliable and respond well to the architectural and environmental challenges presented by our customers. For this project, sound quality and ease of use were the qualities that most influenced us, along with the system being able to be deployed at a reasonable cost.

Complexe JC Perreault can actually be set up in a number of different seating arrangements depending on the nature of events — a challenge that made system flexibility and ease of deployment even more important.

Gignac added:

When not lowered for non-hockey events, the concert system is mounted on chain engines and rigged as high as possible in order to avoid the arrays being struck by a puck during a game. When switching over for a show, they lower the motorised equipment, install four subwoofers on the floor with front fills placed on top, connect the amps, and that’s it. The changeover is fast, simple, and requires no additional motors or rigging, which is great. Thanks to extensive modelling and audio simulations done in L-Acoustics’ Soundvision software beforehand, we determined that Kara and ARCS Wide were the ideal solutions for this venue, and they truly are.

For additional details on Complexe JC Perreault, visit

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We are delighted to announce that our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, will take place at a brand new venue – the Yokohama Arena in the City of Yokohama, Japan, from 26-28 September 2016. This 18th Stadia & Arena event will bring you together with many of the industry leaders in all aspects of sports venue design/build, management, operations and technology from around the world.
Our last two events have welcomed 500 attendees, with 50+ industry-expert speakers, 40+ industry-leading exhibitors and sponsors, all in addition to the high-level attendees from clubs, venues, leagues, federations etc. The 2.5-day event provides attendees with a unique opportunity to network, knowledge-share, learn and do business, all under one roof. Please register your interest in attending &/or participating in Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific by visiting our website at: or email the Event Director, Sam Wibrew, at:

Yokohama Arena

With a total area of 8,000sqm and a capacity of 17,000, Yokohama Arena is one of the largest multipurpose indoor arenas in Japan. It can hold music concerts, sporting events, shows, exhibitions, and a variety of other events. Yokohama Arena utilises such state-of-the-art equipment as 11,000 computer-controlled movable seats, a large four-screen projection system and a ceiling capable of suspending more than 100 tons.

Yokohama City

The City of Yokohama is Japan’s 2nd most populated city and a great tourist destination. Why not combine your participation in the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event with a visit to the colourful Shin-yokohama precinct, Cosmo World, the seaside Minato Mirai district with its 296m Landmark Tower, or even plan a tour to the magnificent Mount Fuji (Fuji-san) – Japan’s largest peak at 3,776m?


NB: You can read a comprehensive post-show review of our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event in the latest Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management and you can also watch a video online at:



The Calgary Flames have unveiled plans for a new hockey arena and events centre, as well as a football stadium with a roof, on property west of downtown.

Flames CEO, Ken King, introduced his plans to replace the 32-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome and 55-year-old McMahon Stadium.

The complex reportedly would cost CA$890m and would be paid from four sources – a CA$240m community revitalisation levy, a CA$250m ticket tax, CA$200m from the city to fund the 30,000-seat football stadium, and CA$200m from the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), the Flames’ ownership group.

King told the Calgary Herald:

I’m so happy to share this vision. It’s going to be a little different than people think.

The development, which is being called ‘CalgaryNEXT‘, is proposed for the community of Sunalta, nearby the Bow River. It was officially introduced to Calgarians through a series of information sessions and a media conference conducted by the Calgary Sports & Entertainment Corporation (CSEC), while also launched worldwide via:

For more than a decade, CSEC has had a vision for Calgary – a place where all Calgarians can unite in active living, sports and entertainment – a centre for the community and destination for world class events.

CalgaryNEXT includes a Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium with state-of-the-art sports and world-class athletic training facilities. It will be the anchor for a thriving field sport community and combined with the arena event centre, will be the catalyst for new economic growth on the western edge of Calgary’s urban core. The Multisport Fieldhouse Stadium will have a seating capacity of 30,000 for football games and other events.

CalgaryNEXT also includes an innovatively designed arena event centre – a place that will host both professional and amateur ice and sporting events. It will also increase capacity for concerts and conferences. The event centre will be a community gathering place for sports and events, as well as unique public spaces and a variety of food and beverage options.

The arena event centre will have seating in the range of 19,000 – 20,000 fans for hockey and lacrosse games, cultural events, and community service.

CalgaryNEXT will be designed to host world-class national and international events that wouldn’t otherwise be in Calgary: Premier events, including soccer, track & field, cultural festivals and concerts; bringing significant economic benefits to the city.

CalgaryNEXT’s location near the Bow River will also be a catalyst that will draw residential and commercial development that will see a vibrant new community with shops, cafes and retail space. It will be the globally recognised centrepiece of a revitalized West Village. It will enable the completion of our urban core and transform how Calgarians live, work and play.


The planned Multi-Sport Fieldhouse Stadium at CalgaryNEXT


Images courtesy: Calgary Flames/CSEC


Trizart Alliance – theatre and multimedia audiovisual consultants – have been chosen as one of the key players in the new Quebec City Amphitheatre, Place Bell and the renowned Bell Centre.

Trizart Alliance was hired by the owner to help build the new Québec City multifunctional amphitheatre, the Centre Vidéotron. Trizart is contributing its expertise in the design of specialised equipment, management and operation of amphitheatres, arenas and stadia hosting major events.

The amphitheatre, scheduled to open in September 2015, will have a capacity ranging from 15,000 to 20,000-seats, depending on the type of event being held, making it the second largest arena in the region. The venue will be able to host hockey games, large-scale touring concerts and shows, as well as more intimate gatherings. The project budget is $400m.

Place Bell, a new 10,000-seat arena is under construction with Trizart Alliance’s diligent and expert eye watching over the progress of the project. Trizart Alliance was mandated to deliver the functional program and preliminary drawings of the space layout and circulation, as well as the design of specialised equipment, such as sound, video, seating, masking, lighting, rigging and projection, as well as to evaluate the architectural design proposals submitted to build the project. The project is now under construction and the firm is representing the client to ensure conformity to the original design.

The arena, which can be converted into a theatre, will also be fitted with two ice rinks: an Olympic-sized rink and a community skating rink. The building will house 46 corporate boxes and be equipped with the best specialised theatrical equipment.


The renowned Bell Centre

Trizart Alliance has accumulated years of experience designing specialised equipment for arenas and stadiums, having been on the original team for the construction of the Bell Centre in 1996. Since then, Trizart Alliance has been the consultant to the client for numerous renovation and upgrade projects, such as the design of the new scoreboard, rigging equipment and seating upgrades. The Bell Centre is one of the busiest arenas in North America, being one of the first multifunctional arenas built.